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On Thursday, March 4, Mintz’s Annual Employment Law Summit brought together thought leaders to discuss the most pressing issues employers are facing in today’s unprecedented work environment. Attendees heard presentations on the continued impact of COVID-19; social justice and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives; recent and anticipated changes to employment laws; best practices for managing sensitive employee situations; and many other topics.  

This year, we were pleased to announce Adam Smiley Poswolsky as our keynote speaker. Adam is a leading expert in helping companies attract, retain, and engage millennial talent, increase employee engagement, and build intergenerational collaboration in the multigenerational workplace. He has helped companies like Google, Apple, Unilever, Verizon, and Deloitte. Smiley’s TEDx talk has been viewed over 1.5 million times, and his work has been featured in The New YorkerThe Washington PostUSA TodayFast CompanyForbes, CNN, and the World Economic Forum, among many other outlets.

 

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Michael S. Arnold

Member / Chair, Employment, Labor & Benefits Practice

Michael S. Arnold is an employment attorney at Mintz. He counsels clients on HR issues, defends management and senior executives, and guides companies through employment issues related to transactions. Michael is Chair of Mintz's Employment Litigation & Arbitration Practice.

David Barmak

Member / Chair Emeritus, Employment, Labor & Benefits Practice

David Barmak is an experienced trial lawyer at Mintz who focuses his practice on employment law and HR issues. He litigates cases in federal and state courts and arbitrations across the country. David counsels clients on compliance and employee relations issues and risk reduction options.
Jessica W. Catlow drafts and negotiates executive compensation packages for Mintz clients, often in connection with mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. She also advises companies on risk mitigation strategies and compliance with state and federal employment laws.
Micha Mitch Danzig is a Mintz attorney who litigates employment, commercial, and trade secret disputes. He represents clients in court and before state and federal agencies, including the EEOC, DOJ, and similar California agencies. Micha also performs management training for employers.
Geri Haight is a Mintz Member and former in-house counsel who focuses on employment litigation, counseling, and compliance, as well as intellectual property and trade secret matters.
H. Andrew Matzkin is an employment litigator at Mintz, and he provides counsel on labor and employment issues. Drew represents clients in life sciences, technology, industrial, and professional services before federal and state courts, arbitrators, and administrative agencies.
David R. Lagasse is a Mintz attorney who handles compensation issues in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, private equity financing, and other transactional contexts. He represents buyers, sellers, and management teams in compensation and equity arrangements.
O'Kelly E. McWilliams, III is a Mintz Member who advises clients on a wide array of business and employment law issues. O'Kelly's clients include US and international companies, private equity firms, and emerging businesses. He provides counsel on advancing their business plans and on risk mitigation.
Jennifer B. Rubin is a Mintz Member who advises clients on employment issues like wage and hour compliance. Her clients range from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies and business executives in the technology, financial services, publishing, professional services, and health care industries.

Tyrone P. Thomas

Member / Co-chair, Sports & Entertainment Practice

Tyrone P. Thomas is a Mintz Member who has gained national recognition for his work in employment and sports law. Tyrone advises academic institutions on executive compensation arrangements and provides compliance assessments on governance issues. He also advises clients on conflicts of interest.

Alexander Hecht

ML Strategies - Executive Vice President & Director of Operations

Alexander Hecht is Executive Vice President & Director of Operations of ML Strategies, Washington, DC. He's an attorney with over a decade of senior-level experience in Congress and trade associations. Alex helps clients with regulatory and legislative issues, including health care and technology.
Danielle Bereznay is an employment attorney at Mintz who represents clients in employment disputes and investigations.
Jennifer R. Budoff is a Mintz Associate who counsels employers on employment matters, including discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and wrongful termination matters. Jennifer represents employers in actions before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Department of Labor.
Delaney Busch is a Mintz associate in the firm's Boston office. Focusing on federal and state employment matters, Delaney defends clients against claims of discrimination, sexual misconduct, harassment, and wage and hour violations in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies. Her clients have included Fortune 500 companies, insurance companies, prominent medical providers, manufacturers, and luxury fitness facilities.

Corbin Carter

Associate

Corbin Carter is a Mintz attorney who litigates all types of employment disputes before federal and state courts and counsels clients on compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws.

Emma Follansbee

Associate

Emma Follansbee is a Mintz attorney who counsels clients on employment and labor matters, including compliance with federal, state, and local laws, disciplinary investigations, and litigation. She was a Summer Associate at Mintz in 2016. Before law school, she was a Project Analyst at Mintz.
Natalie C. Groot is a Mintz attorney who litigates employment disputes on a wide variety of employment and labor matters. Natalie's litigation practice includes non-competition and non-solicitation agreements; discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation claims; and wage and hour compliance matters.

Paul M. Huston

Associate

Paul M. Huston is an attorney in Mintz's employment labor and benefits practice group, where he litigates employment and general commercial issues. Paul has experience handling single plaintiff and class action lawsuits, covering issues from wrongful termination to disability discrimination.

Brie Kluytenaar

Associate

Brie Kluytenaar is a Mintz attorney who practices labor and employment law. She handles arbitrations, prepares witnesses, and counsels clients on legal strategies related to employment issues. Brie has represented clients in state and federal court as well as various administrative bodies.

Brendan J. Lowd

Associate

Brendan J. Lowd is a Mintz Associate with a wide range of experience in solving labor and employment issues. He counsels employers on providing reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities, conducting internal investigations of employee complaints, and employee leaves of absence.

Audrey Nguyen

Associate

Audrey Nguyen is a Mintz attorney who works on counseling, employment litigation, and other regulatory matters. Before law school, Audrey worked as a government relations analyst.
Mintz attorney Nicole M. Rivers defends employers in employment litigation and labor matters and advises on employment best practices. She handles cases involving claims of wage and hour violations, harassment, retaliation, discrimination, breach of employment agreements, FMLA violations, and violations of California's Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), Family Rights Act (CFRA), and Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).
Richard H. Block is a nationally recognized labor and employment law attorney at Mintz. Richard's clients include Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, insurance companies, entertainment companies, cultural and nonprofit institutions, real estate firms, and health care organizations.